twikga work in progress

Here you will find stories about the making-of my illustrations, the websites and the twikga books. The corona pandemic has been going on for more than a year now. A good time to go through our archives. But like a lot of people we are starting to loose our patience. We are looking forward to travel again. To photograph wildlife in faraway places, to travel to friends and family, go to events, visit museums, to feel free again, instead of locked up…

Creating Duvel and the 3irds

Creating Duvel and the 3irds

The corona lockdown gave me the chance to go through my archives and look back on what I have created during the last 10 years. I realized that I have been making phantasy birds for a long time. Birds are everywhere. You see them in your backyard, they wake you on an early spring morning. That makes them easy to study. They are great to create and tell stories with. The first time I created a...

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Rebuilding the websites

Rebuilding the websites

We are in the process of redesigning and rebuilding our websites. This has turned out to be quite a challenge. Our Wild Picha website had to be rebuilt because adobe decided to stop the support for the software we used. The twikga website for the publishing company in Hamburg was outdated and I wanted to merge it with my illustration website. The ikga twikga blog had been compromised. So we had...

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Elephants on the drawing board

Elephants on the drawing board

This story goes back to 2013. The making of the last twikga book, Tata & Squack - Mission Elephant. Only recently I went through my old sketchbooks and decided to add some of the pages to this post. For more sketchbook galleries have a look under the tag Sketchbook... The making of the next Tata&Squack was in full progress. The pictures we took during our visit to Samburu, Kenya in 2012...

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twikga blog relocated

twikga blog relocated

Ikga twikga has found a new home on twikga stories. Ikga twikga was the blog of the twikga publishing company in Hamburg from 2010 until 2016, when the company seized to exist and Tanja and Willem decided to move back to Holland. The content of the blog was very precious to everybody who had worked on the twikga books. It was a kind of "logbook" of the making of the books, the illustrations, the...

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Kreativer Abschied

Kreativer Abschied

Abschied von Irene. Es fällt mir schwer. Nach mehr als 10 Jahren trennen sich unsere Wege. Ich kam in 2004 zu Irene zur Mappenvorbereitung für mein Studium an der Bildkunst Akademie. Nach meinem Studium war sie mein Creatives Gewissen bei dem Entstehen der Bücher. Später habe ich bei Ihr an meinen Collagen gearbeitet. Viele Montage habe ich zusammen mit verschiedenen creatieven Mitstreitern in...

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Writers retreat with Tata, Squack and a red squirrel

Writers retreat with Tata, Squack and a red squirrel

A few months ago a dear family member gave me the opportunity to write in his garden studio. It is a small house and a great writers retreat. To write and translate a children's book is a challenge which needs concentration. Like the first book, the new Tata&Squack will be published in three languages. The silence of the garden with a red squirrel as only distraction saved me from getting lost...

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Olifant en Uil – Tata&Squack brainstorm in het bos

Olifant en Uil – Tata&Squack brainstorm in het bos

De herfstbladeren vallen, het is vroeg donker, de potten op het terras weer ingepakt in afwachting van de winter. Na weken alleen achter onze computers gewerkt te hebben aan de nieuwe Tata & Squack afgewisseld met Skype momenten, eindelijk weer eens samen, deze keer in Nederland. Dicht bij de natuur met eekhoorns op de carport hebben we weer genoten van dit live brainstorm moment. De nieuwe Tata...

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The making of Phanhabs Savanna’s change of seasons

The making of Phanhabs Savanna’s change of seasons

The illustrations in my books are a mix of photographs, drawings and collages. The picture of the elephants on the left was taken by us in the Masai Mara on one of our safaris. I used it to illustrate the change of seasons in the savanna, where thunderclouds building up announce the rainy season. For the illustration I changed the background of the picture and the light on the elephants became...

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Wild Picha, more than the photos behind twikga illustrations

Wild Picha, more than the photos behind twikga illustrations

We started taking pictures, when we made a trip around the world in 1992. Since then African wildlife has been the focus of our photography. What started as a means to share our stories with the people back home has become a profession for Tanja. She uses our photos to create illustrations for her children's books. In 2010, she started her own publishing company, twikga. We were lucky to travel...

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Wild Picha – Willem & Tanja Dekker Photography

Wild Picha – Willem & Tanja Dekker Photography

We grew up in the Netherlands and moved to Germany in 2003. Together with our dog Duvel we now live in the picturesque Treppenviertel in Hamburg, along the river Elbe. Willem currently works at a ship-owning company. After a career in marketing, Tanja studied illustration design and started her own book publishing company, twikga, in 2010. We started traveling together in 1992, when we...

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The stories of Willem & Tanja Dekker Photography, far away and close to home. Books, awards, events and other stories…

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